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29 March 2005, 02:44 pm
Blustery Conditions On Day One
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2005 Hobie Tiger World Championships
Santa Barbara, USA

The opening day of the Hobie Tiger World Championship was more than blustery for the 87 international teams who are racing off the beach in Santa Barbara, California.
It is an impressive line up of Olympic champions, world champions and continental champions who will all be battling it out to stand on top of the podium on Thursday. The 87 teams from 15 nations includes well known names Carolijn BROUWER (NED) and Sebastien GODEFRIED (BEL) who make a formidable team, multihull experts Enrique FIGUEROA and Jorge HERNANDEZ (PUR) and defending champions Mitch and Taylor BOOTH who have swopped roles this year with multiple Olympian and world champion Mitch crewing for his son

The first race got underway yesterday in 18-20 knots, and later built to 25 with some gusts to 30 knots, which was about the same as the boat speed going downwind for those daring enough to put up spinnakers! With seas building, the race committee prudently cancelled the remaining races scheduled for the day as quite a few sailors were having trouble righting their boats in these heavy conditions.

Racing is scheduled to resume today, 29 March.

Top Ten After One Race

Position Helm Crew Nation Race 1A Race 1B Points
1 Fernando ECHAVARRI ERASUN Anton PAZ ESP 1 1
1 Andrew KEAG Sam REID AUS 1 1
3 Taylor BOOTH Mitch BOOTH AUS 2 2
3 Eric PROUST Nicolas USANDIZAGA FRA 2 2
3 John TOMKO Ian BILLINGS USA 2 2
6 Arne DRANSFIELD Jan HEINSOHN GER 3 3
6 Fequet LOIC Hemery GUILLAUME FRA 3 3
8 Steve FIELDS Peter DUBBELAAR AUS 4 4
8 Jan JENSEN Jesper KRAUTWALD DEN 4 4
10 Mischa HEEMSKERK Marcelien de KONING NED 5 5
10 Mark LARUFFA Jason FARNELL ITA 5 5
David Brookes (As Amende by ISAF), Image © Sean Douglas
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